Daily Archives: March 1, 2017

A (very) brief comment on the US House Tax Plan

In general the House tax plan is consistent with sound economic reasoning on tax policy—flattening and lowering personal rates and eliminating the AMT are important and long overdue. The 50% exclusion on investment income—capital gains, interest, and dividends—will help to ameliorate, although not eliminate, the income tax’s bias against saving and investment. On the businessContinue Reading

Say Yes to Education issues

For starters—in what is commonly known as a “Friday afternoon news dump”—-Say Yes to Education Guilford announced the resignation of its executive director. Mary Vigue–former assistant Greensboro city manger, had been on the job just over a year. Her replacement is Nadia Del Valle, national program director for Say Yes to Education, who will serveContinue Reading

Cooper’s budget throws ethnic/racial minority students under the bus

Governor Roy Cooper’s budget would discontinue the expansion of the Opportunity Scholarship Program, funding scholarships only for those low-income children already receiving them. According to the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority, 59 percent of the nearly 5,500 low-income students receiving an Opportunity Scholarship belong to an ethnic or racial minority group.  By proposing to freezeContinue Reading

Leef calls for major change in key U.S. Education Department office

George Leef’s latest Martin Center column focuses on a piece of the Washington, D.C., bureaucracy known as the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights. Nowhere is the adage “personnel is policy” truer than in the federal education bureaucracy. With nothing more than a few Dear Colleague letters meant to provide “guidance” to nearly allContinue Reading

Re: Another critique of the ‘efficiency gap’

Two months ago, “The Locker Room” highlighted a Commentary magazine article that questioned so-called “efficiency gap” analysis as a tool for helping judges determine whether lawmakers have engaged in “too much” partisan gerrymandering when they draw election district maps. The latest issue of Commentary features my letter responding to the article from Syracuse law professorContinue Reading

Leaving government jobs vacant

Kyle Feldscher explains in the Washington Examiner why many federal government jobs are likely to remain vacant. President Trump doesn’t plan to fill many of the hundreds of appointed political jobs in his administration because he thinks they’re unnecessary. In an interview with Fox News, Trump said he’s been hit for not filling about 1,200Continue Reading

No net regulatory cost

Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon details a new report about the potential positive impact of the Trump administration’s approach to regulation. President Donald Trump’s executive order to eliminate two regulations for every new rule could result in zero net regulatory costs this fiscal year, a stunning shift in regulatory policy from the previousContinue Reading

Giving the EPA a haircut

Michael Bastasch of the Daily Caller details the Trump administration’s plans for paring back the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. President Donald Trump will ask Congress to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget 24 percent, or nearly $2 billion, according to sources familiar with the budget plans. The White House sent draft budget plans toContinue Reading